Contents tagged with Russia

  • Russian Ministry of Defense starts issuing Russian-made encrypted phones to senior officers

    The Defense Ministry of Russia started issuing specially-protected, Russian-made mobile phones to officers with top secret security clearance, reports Russian newspaper Izvestia, referring to representatives of the Ministry.

    The Atlas mobile phone, worth 115,000 rubles or $2,029 has access to encrypted lines, equipped with hardware that cryptographically protects voice information and that can urgently erase encryption keys. The phone can access normal GSM networks using sim-cards from Megafon, …

  • US military aircraft conducts reconnaissance flight near Russia’s Kaliningrad region

    A US Air Force RC-135W strategic reconnaissance aircraft number 62-4134 and call sign UNSEW42 conducted reconnaissance along the Kaliningrad region borders in the sky over Poland and Lithuania, as evidenced by the data of the Mil Radar service, which tracks the movement of military aircraft.

    It was noted that the aircraft departed from the Mildenhall airbase in the UK.

    On February 21st it was also reported that reconnaissance at the borders of the Kaliningrad region was carried out by the …

  • US Department of State: Nord Stream-2 pipeline will undermine Ukraine's energy independence

    The US opposes the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, which will have negative consequences for the energy sector and the economy of Ukraine, as stated by the US Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan, during his speech at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, UNIAN reports.

    Speaking about energy policy concerning Ukraine, the diplomat said that the United States stands for Ukraine's stable, independent, self-sufficient energy future.

    "The future will not depend …

  • 389 kilograms of cocaine found in Russian Embassy in Argentina

    Ivan Bliznyuk, a local police officer and the son of Russian immigrants, was detained at Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina after arriving from Rome with an acquaintance on February 21. He is suspected of involvement in the creation of a cocaine supply chain to Russia. This was reported by the local publication Clarin.

    Thanks to his knowledge of the language, he acted as the "connecting link" between Argentine police and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of …

  • Russia prevents adoption of resolution on ceasefire in Syria

    The UN Security Council was unable to adopt a resolution for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. Due to Russia’s position, voting on the measure was not held on Thursday, February 22nd.

    The permanent representative of Moscow in the Security Council, Vasily Nebenzya, made it clear that he would not vote for the resolution submitted by Sweden and Kuwait, and proposed a number of changes to the document.

    Since Russia has the right of veto and can block any resolution of the UN Security Council, the …

  • Former head of LPR Plotnitsky jailed in Russia

    Novosti Donbassa news outlet reported that Igor Plotnitsky, the former head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, is in St. Petersburg's Kresty prison, as indicated by Vladlen Zaruba, a colleague of Valery Bolotov, the late ex-head of the LPR.

    According to Zaruba, in the detention facility, Plotnitsky has provided evidence and testimony. Bolotov’s associate also suggested that it was because of these statements that Oleg Mkrtchian, General Director of the Industrial Union of Donbas, …

  • Joint media investigation reveals that Putin's friend Boris Rotenberg owns villas on the French Riviera

    Boris Rotenberg, a Russian businessman close to Russian President Vladimir Putin owns two villas in the commune of Èze in France. The villas have a total area of 1300 square meters. Rotenberg also owns another villa under construction. This was stated in a joint investigation of Novaya Gazeta, Le Monde and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project or OCCRP.

    Rotenberg filed his application to construct the first two villas in 2009. He planned to build a tennis court, a swimming pool …

  • Spain extradites Russian businessman accused of stealing from FSB

    Spain has extradited Invest Victoria CEO Mikhail Lyagin, who is accused of stealing more than 550 million rubles ($9.7 million) from an FSB enterprise, the press service of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) told Interfax.

    Russia’s Investigative Committee has charged Lyagin according to two articles of the Criminal Code – Art. 159 (fraud on an especially large scale) and Art. 174 (money laundering). The case is being overseen by the Sochi department of the Russian Ministry of …

  • Ukrainian Chief Military Prosecutor: 11 Russian citizens have been detained in past four years in Ukraine

    In Ukraine, military special services have detained 11 Russian citizens under different circumstances, as stated by Chief Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios, 112 Ukraine reports.

    "Military special services have detained 11 citizens of the Russian Federation, they have been identified – three of them are professional soldiers. Indictments against all of them have been sent to the court. They include "participation in terrorist organizations" and sentences have been imposed. That is, the whole " …

  • Russian parliament urges Foreign Ministry to react firmly to extradition of Russians to US

    Mikhail Degtyaryov, head of the State Duma committee on physical culture, sport, tourism and youth affairs, has officially requested information from the Russian Foreign Ministry on the measures taken to ensure the security of Russian nationals abroad, reported RBC news agency with reference to the parliamentary press service.

    Degtyaryov believes that “recently cases of the extraterritorial application of US laws have become more frequent”. “Among the recent examples is the Spanish police’s …